August 10, 2022
How to Manually Update Google Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome is one of our favorite web browsers for Windows. One of the reasons we like it is that it automatically updates in the background. You don’t get any annoying notifications about updates and you don’t get pop-ups asking you to restart the browser. Everything happens quietly and works as expected.

The same behavior applies to extensions for Google Chrome. There are a large number of Chrome extensions that add functionality to your browser, giving you yet another reason to use Google’s browser. You have great extensions that can improve Gmail, save your YouTube videos, or even block cricket and other topics on the web that you don’t like.

Much of this is also possible with Mozilla Firefox, but there is a big difference. Chrome extensions just update themselves in the background, unlike many addons in Mozilla Firefox that ask you to restart the browser to manually apply the latest updates.

Like most things in life, the auto-update of extensions doesn’t always work. Recently, one of our favorite Google Chrome extensions for YouTube – streams – stopped working. Streamus was broken due to an update in YouTube’s code. As it turns out, the developer identified and fixed the problem and released an updated version of Streamus, but the latest update was awaiting review from Google.

For some reason, automatic updates did not start even after the extension was approved. Chrome updates extensions on its own schedule, and if an extension is broken, you don’t want to wait for the update process to begin. Thankfully, there is a solution for such cases.

Here’s how you can manually update your Google Chrome extensions:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer.

  2. type in the address bar chrome://extensions, Alternatively, you can go to the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) in the top-right > Adjustment, click now extension on the left sidebar.

  3. At the top of the Extensions page, check Developer mode, it’s next to the big extension Text at the top right.

  4. Click update extension now below Developer mode,


This will manually update all your extensions to the latest version available using Chrome’s Extension Updater process. However, you can also update one of the extensions manually by downloading them directly from the developer’s website. follow these steps:

  1. Download the extension file (must end in .CRX) from the developer’s website. When you try to download it, Chrome will warn you that this type of file could be used to harm your computer. Click keep To continue.

  2. Open the Extensions page and enable Developer Mode in Chrome as mentioned above. Delete the old extension by clicking on the trashcan icon to the right of it and clicking on Remove,

  3. Locate the .CRX file you downloaded, and drag and drop it to the extension page.

  4. You will be asked to confirm the installation. Click add, That’s all, the new version will be installed.

This process can also be used to add third-party extensions to Chrome, but we would generally advise against using third-party extensions that are not verified by the Chrome Store, as they can be used for your entire Internet. Can be used to spy and cause harm. your computer in other ways.

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